THE NATURE OF THE BIBLE
The Bible is an incredible book. It consists of 66 books, written by
about 40 authors over a period of nearly 1500 years. Yet this book is a
completely integrated, multichannel communication system. There are so
many examples in the Bible where the message in one part is reflected in
another section by historical examples and hidden information.
These are called "Types". The bible is full of types and parables.
We should look carefully at them if we are to fully appreciate the Eternal
Purpose of God.
What is in a Name ?
We often overlook sections of the bible as we read them because they seem
dry and uninteresting. Yet at times these sections can hold some precious
gems. Consider the genealogy in Genesis Chapter 5.
Predicting the Flood
Methuselah comes from the Hebrew word "muth", which means "death" and from "shalach", which means "to bring, or to send forth". The name Methuselah means, "his death shall bring".
If you plot out a time line using the information in Genesis chapter 5 you will see that in the year that Methuselah died, the flood came.
The Other Names
If there is such significance in Methuselah's name, let's examine the other
names to see what may lie behind them.
Chuck Missler has some very interesting insights into the names
in Genesis chapter 5. Consider:
"When we look at the meaning of the names in this chapter,
a whole new light is shed on the authenticity of the book of Genesis and
our understanding of how God uses the bible to speak to us. The list of
names and their meanings is:
Putting all the names in sequence we have:
||The Blessed God
||Shall come down
||His death shall bring
Adam Seth Enosh Kenan Mahelalel Jared Enoch Methuselah Lamech Noah.
In English it reads:
Man Appointed Mortal Sorrow. The Blessed God Shall come down Teaching
His death shall bring The Despairing Comfort.
Praise God that He has revealed His message even in the most unexpected
The Genealogy of Jesus
When considering the genealogy of Jesus as outlined in Matthew chapter
1 it is interesting to note that four women are specifically mentioned.
It is interesting to compare the nature of these women with the progress
of the church toward God's Eternal Purpose.
Tamar - a gentile woman who played the harlot (Genesis chapter 38).
Rahab - a gentile harlot who received the two "witnesses" (spies) sent
by Joshua (Joshua chapter 2).
Ruth - a gentile woman who married Boas as part of the redemption package
for Naomi (Ruth).
Bethsheba - the wife of a gentile who becomes the wife of a great king.
We start out as "spiritual harlots".
Jesus sends his witnesses to us to verify his death and resurrection (Acts
Jesus calls us to become his "bride" (Ephesians 5:22 - 32).
We shall reign with Jesus in his Millennial Kingdom (Revelation 20:6).
The Offering of Isaac
In Genesis 22 we read the story of God asking Abraham to offer his son
Isaac as a sacrifice. This entire episode is a type of the offering of
Jesus as a sacrifice for sin. There are some very important points which
need to be considered:
These are but two of the hidden "types" in the Bible. Some of the others
which could be considered are:
God said, " Take your son, your only son Isaac whom you love..."
(Genesis 22:2). It is interesting to note that Abraham actually had another
son Ishmael, yet in this case God did not include Ishmael in the equation.
"... go to the land of Moriah, and offer him him there as a burnt offering
on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you" (Genesis
22:2). The mountain of Moriah upon which this took place was just outside
Jerusalem. There is every indication that this is the place where Jesus
died on the cross.
Abraham "figuratively" received Isaac from the dead at the end of this
event. Of course Jesus did die and did rise again from the dead.
Abraham called the place Jehovah Jireh (The Lord will Provide) saying "In
the Mount of the Lord it shall be provided". This is a prophetic utterance
concerning the future death and resurrection of Jesus.
Note: Isaac is not mentioned again in the Scripture by name until
his marriage two chapters later. Jesus has been taken up into Heaven until
the time of His "marriage".
These are but a few examples of the hidden types in the Bible. Time does
not permit us to explore them all, nor to consider the types which point
to others apart from Jesus.
Jacob's Dream (Genesis 28:10-22) - the ladder leading from earth to heaven
is Jesus who bridges the gap between God and Man. (John 1:51)
Joseph (Genesis 37 - 50) who first suffered for no fault of his own, but
was promoted to second in the kingdom of Egypt by virtue of his wisdom
- depicts the suffering Christ who is exhalted to the right hand of God
. (Acts 7:56)
The Pass Over Lamb (Exodus 12:1-36) whose blood was a sign to God to pass
over the houses of Israel and not destroy them - depicts the blood of Jesus
which was shed for our protection when God comes to destroy
The feasts of Israel which pointed to various aspects
of Jesus life and ministry.
The daily sacrifices instituted under the law - depicting the death of
Jesus for sin. (Hebrews 10:8-12)
Joshua and the conquest of Canaan - who depicts the return of Jesus in
triumph at the end of this age. Note: The books of Joshua
and Revelation should be considered in conjunction. There are many
The Judges who delivered Israel from their troubles - who depict the deliverance
provided by Jesus.
Boas, the redeemer kinsman - is a type of the relationship
we have with Jesus who has redeemed us from death and sin.
David and the other "good" kings of Israel and Judah - who depict the glory
of Jesus as King of all the world.
Esther, the intercessor - who is a type of Jesus who intercedes for us
before His Father in Heaven. (Hebrews 7:25) and also a type of the Church
and its relationship between the world and Jesus as we act as God's "Royal
Priesthood" (1 Peter 2:9) interceding for Adam's fallen race.
Elijah - who is a type of the ascended Christ.